The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 16, 2013

Dad's tree house project garners community support in Selinsgrove

SELINSGROVE — There’s overwhelming support for a Selinsgrove father who must tear down his daughter’s  partially built tree house because it violates the borough zoning code.

John “J.C.” Carlson, of 701 W. Spruce St., is grateful for the support he’s received on Facebook from The Daily Item readers who expressed outrage that the borough’s zoning ordinance forbids him from building the eight-foot, by six-foot tree house atop a tree stump on his front yard.

“Common sense and the law seem to get further apart every day,” commented one of more than 20 readers.

“Government overkill,” responded another.

Borough Council member Erik Viker, a Libertarian, even entered the discussion.

“All zoning laws need to be systematically reformed to make sure they are not needlessly infringing on property owners’ right to do whatever they want to do with their property, provided nobody else’s rights are being violated. ‘Because it’s a rule’ is a cowardly way to govern,” he said.

Carlson abruptly stopped construction of the tree house he was building for his 11-year-old daughter, Samantha, last Saturday when he received a notice in the mail from the borough zoning office informing him of the ordinance that bars accessory structures from being built on front lawns.

Neighbor Susan Tychinski said she understands the borough’s position, but said the tree house has been highly anticipated by area children, including her own daughter.

“It’s just mean,” said Sarah when she learned the borough law will require Carlson to demolish it.

Carlson can’t relocate the tree house to another part of his corner lot property across from the Selinsgrove High School because he lacks the space required under the law.

“Maybe its my military background, but I won’t appeal the decision. I just don’t think it’s possible,” Carlson said.

Later, he went on Facebook and encouraged supporters to call the borough zoning board.

Text Only
  • High-flying Valley cheerleaders earn bid for international title

    WINFIELD — The Pennsylvania Elite Senior 5 all-star cheerleading squad’s floor routine doesn’t have a lot of what people might consider “cheering,” coach Brett Derr said.

    April 17, 2014

  • Snook suspension now a mystery

    MIDDLEBURG — Acting Midd-West Superintendent Daphne Snook is confused about what the school board is alleging she did that led to her suspension without pay, saying she hasn’t received anything in writing. “Nothing I have been told by the board in any way makes me believe that I violated district policy or the law,” Snook said by email Wednesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Danville teacher strike starts today

    DANVILLE — Nearly four hours of negotiations could not prevent the first teacher strike at Danville in decades.

    April 17, 2014

  • Good Morning Central Susquehanna Valley

    Today is Thursday, April 17, the 107th day of 2014. There are 258 days left in the year. On April 17, 1964, Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock became the first woman to complete a solo airplane trip around the world, returning to Columbus, Ohio, after 29 1/2 days and 21 stopovers in her Cessna 180.

    April 17, 2014

  • Ruling on torture could save Miranda Barbour's life

    SUNBURY — An attorney for homicide suspect Miranda Barbour filed a motion Wednesday in Northumberland County Court asking a judge to rule that murder victim Troy LaFerrara was not tortured before being killed.

    April 16, 2014

  • Investigation: Weapon used in attack on county prison officers

    SUNBURY — A “homemade metal weapon” was used in the attack against three corrections officers at the Northumberland County Prison on Friday, according to prison officials.

    April 16, 2014

  • Milton woman charged with endangering child

    MILTON — A Milton mom faces two misdemeanors after investigators said her 1-year-old suffered first- and second-degree burns while in her care and she failed to seek medical attention.

    April 16, 2014

  • Sunbury man critically injured in SUV crash

    SUNBURY — A driver was injured Tuesday night when his SUV careened off Mile Hill Road and down a steep 20-foot embankment, knocking over trees until it crashed and twisted around a large tree trunk.

    April 16, 2014

  • SUN Home Health and Geisinger ink merger plan

    NORTHUMBERLAND — Geisinger Community Health Services and SUN Home Health and Hospice announced today the signing of a comprehensive integration agreement by which SUN Home Health & Hospice will become part of the Geisinger health system.

    April 16, 2014

  • College Board provides a glimpse of new SAT

    WASHINGTON — Anxious students — not to mention their parents — can get a heads-up for how the redesigned SAT might look in two years.

    April 16, 2014

The Daily Marquee

Are you among those who will be completing and mailing your tax forms today?

No - Already Filed
     View Results
Photo Galleries
The Valley


Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.